Art of the Editorial Shoot

Zack Arias | Processing - Confident Beginner

Work fast. Work smart. Get in. Get out. Think on your feet. Light with what you have. Make something from nothing .

These are the philosophies Zack Arias works with when he's on an editorial assignment. He often has little control of the subject, location, and time of day when shooting for magazines and other publications. Working under these fast and furious conditions has taught him how to make the most out of a little and know how to use what he can control. Perspective, light, and directing the subject.

Follow along with Zack on a two day workshop that will have you working with a variety of subjects in a variety of locations from outdoors to indoors. Zack will be talking about understanding the needs of the client and/or subject and combining that with your own personal vision for the photography you want to create. Sometimes these two are at odds with each other and Zack will show you how to flow from one assignment to the next with simple camera gear and lighting equipment. Master the simple situations first and then move to the complicated ones.

This class will include class discussion and shooting on location. Available light and strobes will be used. Focus will be placed on lighting, composition, perspective, and posing. The class will have a fictitious brief to work on for a variety of editorial assignments. Work with Zack as he deals with a location he has not shot in, with subjects he does not know, and unsure of the lighting conditions prior to arriving. In other words, welcome to all of his other jobs.

Two-day workshop

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What you should bring

Your camera, your lens, SD/CF cards.


About the Instructor
Zack Arias

Zack Arias is an editorial portrait and music photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia in the US. While his specialty for the last 7 years has been music photography, he has been branching into more editorial and advertising work.

Zack's approach is simple, straightforward, bold, classic, true and straight from camera. His greatest talents are the ability to mix with any class of people and relax in front of the camera. He believes that a photographer's true job description is to be a "problem solver".

Limited Spaces

Wednesday, February, 10 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, February, 11 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Booking Closed
Who Should Attend

You are currently at least at the level of shooting in Aperture or Shutter priority modes and can use the basic features on your camera confidently to create a correct exposure.

You have a basic understanding of the entry-level image adjustment features of this software and can apply simple enhancements to your work.

You are looking to consolidate your understanding, increase your repertoire of tools and learn some more creative techniques.

This session is limited to 12 students only


 If you are not familiar with using flash, please make sure you book yourself into GPP’s regular Small Flash 101Studio Lighting 101, or equivalent before you take this workshop since the instructor will not be able to cover the basics for you.
A 10% discount on these workshops is available for those who book this class - please contact us to avail of this offer once you’ve made your booking into this workshop.

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